Monday, April 13, 2009

We have the technology...

A couple cool entries at Cnet today.  Bionic men will soon be among us

"This is what we call a 'voluntary control system' that provides movement interpreting the wearer's intention from the biosignals in advance of the actual movement," explains Japan's Cyberdyne, which will soon begin manufacturing the cybernetic suits for about $4,200 apiece, possibly making it the first such wearable device aimed at civilians.

The company was formed by Sankai Yoshiyuki, a professor at the University of Tsukuba who is heading up research on HAL, which he says has the advantages of both robot and cyborg. Yoshiyuki says he was inspired by reading Isaac Asimov's "I Robot" as a child.

 "$4200 Man"  doesn't really have the same ring to it, though. 

Cnet also has a great recap of an episode of 60 Minutes on a DARPA project to create a bionic arm for amputees.  

Very cool.

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